Aggies Lose Game 1 of 3-Game Series At Furman
GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 17, 2017) – It was a tough return to the baseball field Friday for North Carolina A&T after a six-day layoff from competition. Furman defeated the Aggies 17-2 at Latham Stadium. The Aggies did not have a midweek game this week because of bad weather conditions on Wednesday. Hoping to get back on track after losing two of three to conference and arch-rival North Carolina Central, two big innings, a six-run fourth and six-run fifth helped the Paladins to their large margin of victory.
Junior Adan Ordonez did go 2-for-4 and had the Aggies only double of the day. Ordonez’s day extended his hitting streak to eight and his consecutive reached base streak to 14. Freshman Camden Williamson had a 2-for-3 day and he was hit by a pitch. Junior Greg White extended his hitting streak to 10, the longest such streak this season for the Aggies. White has also reached base in 12 consecutive games played. Junior Timothy Ravare got a hit, and therefore has reached base in 12 straight games played.
The Aggies (9-7) didn’t have much offensive success against Paladins right-hand starter Will Gaddis. Gaddis went six innings without walking an Aggies while surrendering four hits. He struck out seven to improve to 2-2. Aggies junior right-hand starter Marcello Betances dropped to 2-2 on the season after pitching four innings and striking out three.
Furman (10-7) got to Betances early with a run in the first and an unfortunate start to the second inning. Betances hit Sky Overton with a 1-1 pitch to open the inning. Overton stole his way to third before Jake Crawford scored him with an RBI single. After Betances struck out Cameron Whitehead, Dillon Love singled, moving Crawford to third to set up a groundout to shortstop by Bret Huebner to score Crawford for a 3-0 Furman advantage. Jabari Richards, who finished the game 4-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI, singled home the final run of the inning as Love scored to make it 4-0.
Then came the two big six-run innings. The most devastating blow in the fourth inning came on two-run RBI doubles from Carter Grote and Brandon Elmy. In the fifth, Grote had a three-run RBI triple to give him five RBI on the day.
N.C. A&T got on the board in the eighth. Greg White singled with one out and reached second on a throwing error. White eventually moved to third on a wild pitch before a Brandon Melendez single brought him home. An Ordonez double to left compounded by a throwing error by left fielder Tre Jackson allowed Melendez to score. The Aggies did put two more runners on base in the ninth, but White’s groundout brought the game to a close.
The Aggies and the Paladins will continue their three-game series at Latham Stadium Saturday as the first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.